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Picture yourself spending some time with congenial friends, sharing your lives and pictures from your cell phones." They're curious about that cool game, song, movie, camping trip, art show, or other event that fascinated you. You talk about all kinds of stuff, poetry, styles, personal achievements, relationships, and bad days. You can share your inner child, and laugh together. They sympathetically listen to your feelings about serious topics like politics or climate change, even when they don't agree.

Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

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Yasmine Mohammed - Confessions of an Ex-Muslim (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 7. 6 Replies

Yasmine Mohammed is not your average ex-Muslim.  Not only did she get shut of Islam, she also managed to escape what was at one time the most notorious of radical Islamist organizations: Al Qaeda.  She has since documented the story of her apostasy…Continue

Tags: Islam, Al Qaeda, Yasmine Mohammed, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo Jul 6. 0 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 26. 4 Replies

Am I so old and not know the definition of aphrodisiac, and its historical definition being based on Aphrodite, that her name came from the African drugs that Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used for sexual enhancement? Dhu!  Aphrodite, ancient Greek…Continue

Tags: Africa, Lady, Victorian

Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris May 17. 1 Reply

Anyone here ever run onto an apologist by the name of Ravi Zacharias?  I've seen his name dropped multiple times on YouTube as supposedly being THE ONE APOLOGIST that no atheist wants to cross swords with, because of his facility with christian…Continue

Tags: Ravi Zacharias, Steve Baughman, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

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Comment by Steph S. on December 9, 2013 at 7:19pm

Good pictures Flying Atheist and Booklover - really makes you think.

How is everyone today?

Comment by Steph S. on December 9, 2013 at 7:17pm

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 9, 2013 at 6:32pm

Cute motivational LOL, Joan.

Sk8eycat, I have that “why did I come into this room?” experience about twice a week. BTW, I just read that omega-3s cross the blood-brain barrier and help to prevent Alzheimer’s. I loathe crosswords.

Flying Atheist, your washing machine story is funny. A couple of days ago I forgot to put something back into the freezer after taking out one portion, till several hours later. *groan*

Comment by sk8eycat on December 9, 2013 at 4:58pm

I am constantly stresses...trying to stay out of debt on nothing but Social InSecurity.  I just paid my property taxes online, and am wondering how much longer I can keep my house (and fuerte' avocado tree).

California used to have a law that allowed seniors and low income homeowners to postpone the annual taxes until the property was sold, but Der Governator did away with it after he ruined our economy by giving tax breaks to all his wealthy friends.  

I would go back to work if I could...even part time...but I quit driving 2 years ago, and public transportation around here sux.

Everyone I know who is my age or older complains of memory problem...not big ones, like forgetting where you live, or who you are.  Just the occasional word or two.  I have read that things like crossword puzzles help keep the brain active, and I am a Constant Reader. I can't function without a book nearby.

But, yes...getting too old to be productive is a constant source of stress.  I should have planned better, but I honestly didn't think I would live this long...or be physically disabled as a result of injuries from ballet and skating, which I loved. I thought I was a tough kid...I was mistaken.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 9, 2013 at 4:33pm

I forget words too Mindy.  I'll be talking and want to say for example "fingernail clippers", but can't remember it, so I'll say "that tool that snips your fingernails off", and continue speaking.  It seems to amuse people.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 9, 2013 at 4:15pm

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 9, 2013 at 3:40pm

I have the same memory problems and have had for as long as I can remember (which isn't that long--ha!)

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 9, 2013 at 3:21pm

Yes, I will chime in with similar experiences. Frustating is just too weak a word for the feelings it evokes in me. Trying to remember who said what or to search for an idea that came through AN eats up lots of time. I join with the forgetters of the world in a massive, communal moan!

For those who have a photographic memory, give thanks to whatever energy seems appropriate.

Comment by Plinius on December 9, 2013 at 2:24pm

More confessions? It seems we all have the same problem...

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 9, 2013 at 1:55pm

Sk8eycat, it doesn't sound like you have Alzheimer's.  I'm 49 and do the exact same sh*t you do.....forgetting words, forgetting what I went into a different room to do, etc.  Twice in recent years I've started the washing machine only to discover at the end of the wash cycle that I forget to put the clothes in. 

 

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